Sunday, April 12, 2009

Follower Sunday: “Thank You Readership!” Guest-Chef Monika Woolsey inspired by and shares, Mumbai

by Anthony J Sepe


Each Sunday, I thank my readership for their loyalty and dedication to my blog, by providing a healthy recipe.  To those that know, this is a healthy repeat, but for those that are unaware and are new to the blog, this is my way of “giving back.”  It is also a way to “Pay it Forward.”  Each Sunday, not only will you have a healthy recipe, but you will have an expert in the field of dietetics, food and nutrition, provide the healthy recipe to you.  It is my pleasure to introduce this week, Monika Woolsey, my mentor; my colleague; my friend, along with her Chicken Strawberry Salad a la Mumbai


Monika Woolsey

Monika M. Woolsey, MS, RD

Monika M. Woolsey, President and Founder of After the Diet Network, is a nutritionist and exercise physiologist with 25 years of experience in nutrition and exercise counseling.   She received her bachelor's degree in Nutrition from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and her master's degree in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

After the Diet currently focuses on providing products and services related to nutrition/lifestyle options for stress-related illnesses to the public and the medical professionals who serve them.  Primary demographics currently served include:

  • Couples with infertility, through the inCYST Network and the Fertile Intentions programs
  • Individuals using psychotropic medications
  • Professional flight crews, through the Air Vitals program

Her thoughts on these issues can be found on several blogs,,, and

Monika's experience with stress started with her graduate work in exercise physiology and continued with work in 4 different eating disorder treatment centers. She wrote/edited the American Dietetic Association's first book on eating disorders, entitled, "Eating Disorders: A Clinical Guide to Counseling and Treatment".   Her business base is primarily based in Phoenix, Arizona and Los Angeles, California.

Special Honors

Based on her 7 summers of volunteer work at the American Diabetes Association Camp, Monika was invited in 1989 to join a delegation of medical professionals who traveled to Lithuania to conduct a conference on diabetes management.  This was the first delegation of American professionals who had traveled to Lithuania from the United States since World War II.

Monika was the 2004 invited speaker for the Cornell University Dorothy Proud Lecture series, an endowed lecture series that annually invites a  Cornell alumnus back to Ithaca to share their career history with students and faculty.

Monika is also active in the Arizona Animal Welfare League and the Arizona League of Conservation Voters.

Here is her recipe:

© Chicken Strawberry Salad a la Mumbai

Recipe reprinted with permission from “After the Diet” by Monika Woolsey

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“Strawberry Chicken Salad”                        “Jicama”


1 tbsp canola oil

1 tbsp curry powder

2 tbsp plain yogurt

juice of one lime

1 tbsp honey

2 cups shredded cooked chicken

1 jicama, peeled and cubed

1 cup strawberries, cubed

salt and pepper

salad greens



Cook curry powder in canola oil over medium heat until fragrant, being sure to stir to avoid burning.  Remove from heat and stir in yogurt, lime juice, and honey.

Combine chicken and jicama in a bowl.  Port curry dressing over combo and stir to coat.  Add strawberries and almonds; gently toss.  Season to taste with salt and pepper

Serve over salad greens.

Makes 6 servings.


PS:  Remember to visit Monika’s blogs, as noted above, along with her website, which is located at the following address:


  1. Hello Anthony, I hope you had a wonderful Easter. As always, it has been great stopping by your blog. Love your Sunday postings!(smile)

    Your commitment to providing valuable, nutritional information to everyone is exceptional. I will be sure to stop by Monika's blog in the next day or two. I know I'll find it very interesting...

    'Til next time,

  2. Thank you Mattie. It means so much, that you like what I do, and that this information is helpful. As with all my readers, I appreciate that you folow me and return week-in and week-out. I invite you to continue to follow and return again. Without you, and those like you, there would be no reason to do this blog. I'm grateful!!! Have a wonderful day.
    (PS: I have no doubt, that you will enjoy visiting Monika's blogs and website too.)
    All the best,